By Connor Linskey
The Town of Montgomery honored retiring building inspector Walter Schmidt for his 15 years of service at the town board meeting on Dec. 17 and at a ceremony on Dec. 23.
Schmidt worked in his role as the town building inspector from Jan. 20, 2005 until Dec. 31, 2020.
“We just wanted to thank him for his unwavering commitment to the residents of the Town of Montgomery over the last 15 years,” Montgomery Town Supervisor Brian Maher said at the town board meeting on Dec. 17. “Thank you Walt for your service. You will be missed and congratulations and enjoy your retirement sir.”
Following the announcement at the virtual town board meeting, Schmidt received his award in person during a ceremony outside of Montgomery Town Hall. A large crowd of masked Town of Montgomery residents including town officials were in attendance to honor Schmidt.
“You have a few more days in office but we wanted to send you off appropriately and let you know how much we appreciate you personally and professionally and the contributions you made to the Town of Montgomery,” Maher said to Schmidt before handing him his award on Dec. 23.
The Town of Montgomery was truly in the giving spirit during the week of Dec. 20. The Town of Montgomery Police Benevolent Association (PBA) gave away food to 50-60 families at the Town of Montgomery Food Pantry.
“Every year what we do is we try to adopt several families to give back and support them during Christmas time with whatever they need, whether it be presents or financially,” said Town of Montgomery Police Sergeant Rob McNeely. “This year as we began our talks with how we can go about this process, we felt that it’d be necessary for us to try to assist more than just two or three families.”
At that time, the PBA received word that the Town of Montgomery Food Pantry was seeking food donations. With some assistance from the residents and businesses in the Town of Montgomery, the PBA was able to provide food on a much larger scale. ShopRite of Montgomery and Dino Mavros Co., Inc. were instrumental in providing food for the giveaway.
Each family was provided a bag with a ham, pasta, potato rolls, canned goods as well as mashed potatoes. Flyers were also placed in each bag, acknowledging the businesses who donated the food. The flyer also noted that the PBA supports each family during this difficult time.
Town of Montgomery Police Department Administrative Officer Stephen Ragni was proud that members of the department volunteered their time to give back to the community.
“I’m really proud of the PBA,” he said. “They’ve really come together as of late especially. They’ve made some very significant contributions to the community.”